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The Hollywood Walk of Faith

The Oscars are coming Sunday.


It’s time for glitz, glam, Vanity Fair specials, a little naked gold guy with a huge sword to get manhandled by some and coveted by others. It’s time for TIME to go absolutely nuts posting the top ten opening sequences, the top ten movie theme songs and the top ten weird giant movie monsters. Basically, it’s time to go nuts about some awards many of us would literally kill to get our hands on.


Amidst all the glam and the style and the fashion and…oh yeah…the movies, spirituality and religion creeps in and colors the film industry with some heart, meaning, complexity and controversy. Although none of this year’s Best Film nominees are explicitly religious in theme they certainly play off the spiritual quest of humanity. For a more in-depth exploration of the spirituality of this year’s major Oscar nominees look here to a CNN Belief Blog on the topic.

With all the spirituality making its way into the movies I began to wonder about the spirituality of the movie makers. It seems all you hear about when it comes to religion in Hollywood is good ole’ easy-for-laughs-but-not-for-substance-scientoligist-Tom-Cruise

Oh yeah! Scientology!

Or maybe when it comes to religion and the stars you naturally gravitate to thoughts about so-racist/sexist/crazy-but-also-devoutly-Roman-Catholic-it-seems-to-overshadow-the-priest-sex-abuse-scandals-walking-contradiction-Mel-Gibson

There just isn't a caption for a picture like this...

But there is way more going on in Hollywood than one might think.

Here is a quick run down on the faith of some of the major hitters in Hollywood and a few of the nominees for Best Director and Best Actor in a male or female role.

Before getting into this year’s Oscar nods, I thought I would start out with every tabloids favorite couple, Brangelina. Where do they turn when life gets tough, when they are thinking about divorce for the umpteenth time or when Brad is with Jennifer or Angelina is in Africa…it turns out, nowhere.

So many kids, so many faiths...why pick one?

Brad told German magazine BILD that he doesn’t believe in God by stating, “I’m probably 20% atheist and 80% agnostic.” But what about Angelina Jolie his philanthropist wife? Surely her good-deeds come from some spiritual awakening? Apparently, Angelina’s religious position is as confusing as her relationship with her father. Asked in 2000 about her belief in God, Angelina hoped that for the people who believe in God that there is. Some Buddhists claim her because of her Khmer Buddhist tattoo (inspired by her son Maddox) and atheists claim her as well for her vague references to all religions being right/wrong. Certainly, Angelina is not Bible-toting Evangelical, but she is certainly someone on a journey without coming to a final conclusion.

What about the axe-weilding (American Psycho), crime fighting (Batman) and former crack addict boxer portraying (The Fighter) ubiquitous Hollywood favorite Christian Bale?

Batman, Patrick Bateman, Dicky Ecklund and why not Jesus?

Okay, so he’s played Jesus…but does he believe in him?

Growing up  with a father connected to the local bishop Bale grew up believing that Jesus looked like Neil Diamond (according to an E! Online interview in 2000), but since then his beliefs have become murky. Christian Bale prefers to keep tight lipped about his faith, although many suspect he is still nominally Christian he has chosen to keep even diehard Bale fans in the dark. What is known is that somebody decided to start a religion called Bale-ism and get it going on Facebook. So, maybe Bale is a Bale-ist.


The Black Swan star and popular actress Natalie Portman was raised Jewish and indeed she’s stated that she wants to raise her children as Jewish. However, don’t be fooled by the lip service. Natalie Portman openly stated she neither believes in the afterlife nor practices any particular faith. In a Rolling Stone interview back in 2002 she shared, “I don’t believe in [the afterlife]. I believe this is it and I believe it’s the best way to live.” While not specifically talking about G-d, Natalie Portman effectively rules Ha Shem out of the equation by negating the afterlife and affirming the positive dimension of living as if the supernatural does not exist. We could go way down this rabbit hole, but Portman is part of the large rank-and-file of “atheist” Jews, which may seem contradictory, but is an ever growing blend of culture/philosophy/religion/secularism in the Jewish world typified by the likes of the other Oscar fags the Coen Brothers. While creating a religion of their own with “the Dude who abideth” and touching on their own Jewish roots in A Serious Man, the Coen brothers are avowedly non-religious. Ethan even went so far as to say that believing in an all-knowing and all-loving G-d is “the height of stupidity.” Although not an Oscar nominee per se, Mark Zuckerberg was portrayed in this year’s critically acclaimed film, The Social Network, and also is an example of someone still culturally Jewish, but philosophically atheist.

Zuckerberg doesn't "Like" G-d

Now, this one is a personal favorite tidbit from this article. I’ve had a man-crush on Colin Firth for years now, ever since I first saw him grace the screen as the indubitable Mr. Darcy in Sense and Sensibility.

Raised by academics in Nigeria, Britain and America and with grandparents that served as missionaries in India Colin Firth’s religious journey is an interesting one. In fact, his mother is a comparative religions professor who studies mystical religions in particular. Above it all, Firth seems to be an open-ended man who respects the religious journey of his family. However, with all that said, he is for all intensive purposes a pantheistic Western-style Hindu akin to his mother. Why is this so interesting? a) because Colin Firth is dreamy and b) because his grandparents were Congregational missionaries in India, where his mother was raised and through this influence they both actually became Western-style Hindus. What a fascinating journey!

Now, leaving the best for last, the person you are all wondering about. The actor who perplexes people with his spiritual complexity and challenges movie-watches with the depth of his emotive acting and stunning realism. Woody from the Toy Story series. Although his pull-string isn’t too telling, sources close to Woody tell me he’s sporting the red-thread bracelet of the Kabbalah. Only time will tell if this is a fad or if Woody is serious about his mystical portage through life.

There's a red wristband in my gun holster!

As you can see, it isn’t always easy to know what the makes actors’ souls tick. While we know Richard Gere and Orlando Bloom are Buddhist and it’s pretty obvious that Kirk Cameron is a full-blown Evangelical, other stars keep quite tight lipped about their faith. It kind of makes me wonder why? With all the other things they speak out about why not their faith? Maybe they should keep their mouths closed, I mean, they say enough about politics; but maybe they should speak out. With their lead, there might possibly be a better dialogue on faith in the public sphere. I mean, if Hollywood stars can be honest about their spiritual journey and share their struggles then we could too?

For now, while all the other news agencies are telling you who will win and what to watch out for on the red carpet (not to mention a few drinking games to go along with the live broadcast from the Kodak Theater) I encourage you look out for spirituality and religion at the Oscars this year. Listen for references to the spiritual side of life in movie clips, red carpet fashion, interview questions and acceptance speeches. You might be surprised by what you hear, and you may just be encouraged to find out that along with the fame of Hollywood, comes a very human struggle with faith.



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Religion on the Web – December 9, 2010

This week we’ve got stories on Islamic Sharia Law in America, Hindu Texts in Houston Hotels and Celebrations a-plenty from Jews, Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and more…

Sooner or Later Oklahoma’s Ban on Sharia Law Will Come to the Forefront

Who Owns Jesus/Yoga? AND Hindu Texts in Houston Hotels

Religious Holidays This Week: Hanukkah’s Last Days and Happy New Year 1432!


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Ubuntu’s New Direction

Fundamental to the “ubuntu” philosophy is that each person is set within a nexus, a network if you may, of other people. What happens to you necessarily affects me and what happens to me impacts you. The Nguni people put it like this, “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” – literally, a person is a person through other persons.

Our world is one of great strife and vicious conflict. Unfortunately, much of this derision is caused by religious tension. History books are full of the stuff that makes religious moderates cringe and fuels the fire of the new atheists’ tirades against faith in any form.

As the new report from the Pew Forum suggests, one possible cause for this ubiquitous religious conflict is the lack of knowledge about religion (see post “Time to Get an Education”), whether one’s own or the beliefs of the person down the street.

In the past I’ve often touched on a myriad of religious issues from a variety of backgrounds and in different contexts. Taking on such topics as the new atheism, Islam and most notably Judaism I’ve commented on ignorance and understanding, compassion and cold-heartedness, in hopes of inching America ever closer to “religious literacy” (this term is credited to Stephen Prothero, whose views on religious education are very much akin to my own).

With this in mind, the Ubuntu Spirit blog is heading in a more focused direction. From this point on the Ubuntu blog will target specifically religious topics. More accurately, the Ubuntu blog will comment on religion as it intersects with society, popular culture and education.

I do not hold to any utopian vision of a world of religious literates living in harmony together whilst each claiming their own epistemological truth. I believe there will be no pervasive peace until the parousia, and then we will all share the same confession (Isaiah 45:23; Philippians 2:10-11). However, this blog’s intention is to raise awareness of religious issues, educate those who desire to understand more about other religions and prayerfully increase dialogue between people of both faith and non-faith in an effort to better understand one another in today’s (post)modern age.

To that end I invite you to join the dialogue and help all of us to better understand one another as persons, and in so doing better apperceive the thrust of the ubuntu philosophy that posits our blithe existence as necessarily tied up in the well being of others.

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I Am Jack’s Complete Lack of Surprise

On 1 June 2010 I started my MA in Theology and Culture at Concordia University Irvine, CA. Thus begins a four year jaunt into the lifestyle of the grad student.

The other day when I was reading an article in my running magazine (Runner’s World) I came across a section where the author was commenting on how he trained for a triathlon during grad school because HE HAD SO MUCH TIME ON HIS HANDS.


Since starting my degree in June I’ve read at least 700 pages of text, written another 30-40, taken several quizzes and submitted six assignments…all in 38 days.

Meanwhile I have this lovely little wife to spend time with, a dog to take on walks, two jobs to close up, a VBS to run, a niece to watch on the weekdays, a social life to be concerned with, a move to prepare for, a trip to Peru to plan, my own physical training (which, oddly enough I am taking up the idea of training for a triathlon) and oh yeah, my spiritual discipline of prayer, devotional reading etc.

Not to mention my blogs, which have gone sadly neglected for over a month.

I am still searching for the balance that I hope will come. One week I focus more on studying, only to the detriment of my relationships. The next week I focus on friends only to fall behind on my studies.

For right now I think on a quote from my colleague Jacob Youmans when he said, “Sometimes, to stay in balance means saying ‘no’ to great opportunities.”

I also remember the axiom, “Living things first” or “People over programs.”

Maybe these good words will help me find the balance I so earnestly desire and my life so desperately needs.

For now, the posts will probably become rare, endangered little animals trying to find a safe habitat in my slightly hectic life. That is, at least until we move to Texas and I have an opportunity to reorganize my life and set a new schedule, that prayerfully will be settled with a new balance.

In the end, I am not surprised things got busy. I knew they would. Everyone I know who is in grad school ( or was in grad school)  shares that masters work pushes your schedule as well as your mind.
After all, a masters degree not only expands your knowledge base, but should hopefully exhort your practical skills and set you up for the Holy Grail (or maybe not so holy) of a PhD.

Although I’m not surprised, I didn’t exactly “know” what was coming.

Or maybe I am just using the degree work as an excuse to lag on some things…who knows?

But as for all that extra time that author had in grad school, I am wondering what program he was in…


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Thinking Through the Philosophical Implications of Atomically Intuitive Computer Software Programming

The big thing in technology right now is the iPad. And for good reason. Apple usually is on the cutting edge of computer-tech popularity – if not advancement.

Personally, I’m not planning on buying an iPad – I don’t even own an iPod.

So, I’m probably not the best candidate for a technology blog entry, but as often is the case, I am far more interested in the philosophical implications of technological advances – and one technology experiment going on at ASU right now is particularly intriguing.

Saturday night I was emceeing at the ASU International Students’ Easter Celebration Banquet. At my table were Javier and Helen (from Mexico), two PhD candidates at ASU in the field of computer sciences. What they are working on astounded me.

The conversation started out innocently enough when Javier and Helen shared that they were working on a project having to do with human-computer relations and intuitive computer software programming.

My first thoughts jumped to Facebook advertising and Google analytics.

I shared this and they said, “Yes…but no, that isn’t what we are doing.”

Javier posited, “Let me give you an example. There are computer game consoles in existence today where a character in the video game can move forward, backward, right or left, shoot a gun or thrust a sword with the game player just using their mind to manipulate the character to do so. But that’s easy stuff…”

I interjected saying, “You call that easy stuff?”

Javier responds, “Yes, because we are not talking about games; we are talking about a computer being able to tell that you are bored and responding by changing its interface with the computer user. Whether that means the screen changes color, the music gets louder or the computer prompts a change by asking you what you want to do next…or maybe it even knows what you want and changes automatically without you having to fuss with a mouse.”

Flash to…

“I can’t do that Dave.” – H.A.L.

Helen then shared about how much promise there is in the technology in terms of not only commercial use, but medical and scientific use as well. One’s first thoughts jump to paraplegics who will someday be able to use their prosthetic limbs just as they would use a natural limb. Imagine the possibilities!

Of course, there are various “fun” applications of this technology as well. There are the video game and computer options, bionic sportsmen and women, an iPod that changes to a song simply because you are thinking about it or the once-remote-controlled-but-now-mind-controlled vehicles.

In fact, it was one of these fun applications where Helen discovered an interesting challenge with the technology (and  that I picked up on as philosophically fascinating).

When she was manipulating the control of a “mind” controlled vehicle she had to take precious time to calibrate the machine to respond to her thought waves. For example, when she thinks “right” she thinks “right” in a certain way that is different than other people. Her mind’s expression of “right” is different than my expression of “right.” First of all, she speaks Spanish in her head. Second of all, she is a woman. Third of all, she is older than I am. Fourth of all, the context of when/where/how she learned the meaning of “right”  is different than mine and thus there are different brain connections and synapses firing off when she thinks “right.” So varied are these differences that even after she manipulated the vehicle to be able to move forward, back, left and right just with her brain, the moment she passes the brain pad controls over to someone else, even someone as close to her as her husband, the vehicle won’t budge.

Throughout their research they’ve come up against the problem of “spoken language” and “brain language.” They find it tough to get their software to perceive core thoughts (such as the meaning of “right”) rather than expressed thoughts (such as the word “right”).  While they can easily train a machine to respond to brain word expressions they can’t get it to respond to core thoughts. When that becomes possible they will really have a breakthrough, because then the technology applications are universal regardless of culture, gender, sex or age.

So far, they were able to successfully master this “core communication” with eye-zoom technology. The Mexican researchers and their team were able to connect the human eye with a video camera and enable that camera to respond to the eyes’ dilation and retraction as it adjusted to light conditions and tried to zoom in for details. That means if the eye focused on something, the camera responded by zooming in to focus on it as well; if the eye panned out to catch the periphery, the camera zoomed out in kind.

The humorous part of this advancement is that when they collected a sample of males and had them watch a screen feed of a crowd with a “woman in the red dress” walk by all of the “eye-cameras” zoomed in on certain features of the woman’s anatomy. The men in the sample did not know abou the “eye cameras” and when asked what they noticed on the screen very few of them mentioned the woman. Ha!

Back to the philosophical bits.

These researchers truly believe they will be able to break through language, culture, sex and gender differences to get at core communication between humans and computers.

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s work on “word games” comes to bear on this conversation. In his work, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and indeed in other works, Wittgenstein posits the following:

  • The world consists of independent atomic facts—existing states of affairs—out of which larger facts are built.
  • Language consists of atomic, and then larger-scale, propositions that correspond to these facts by sharing the same “logical form”.
  • Thought, expressed in language, “pictures” these facts.

Javier and Helen are attempting to endow their software with the ability to read the “atomic propositions” and “facts” that the brain records as such and then chooses to express in language pictures.

They really think that breakthrough will happen sometime soon.

What I think is crazy is that the vast majority of humans can’t even do that yet. I mean, even in a marriage relationship, a male (or female for that matter) has the most difficult time trying to decipher their spouse’s verbal and non-verbal communication.

Men across the world opine, “She said this, but what does she really mean by ‘this?'”

The greatest gift this technology might provide to the human race is an advanced form of marriage counseling whereby a husband has a mini-computer in his ear that tells him what his wife is really saying when she talks to him. 🙂

But really, my mind is still trying to wrap itself around the implications of such technology. To be sure, there are thousands of positive, and negative, opportunities burgeoning from such advancement. However, there are some deeper challenges and questions that this type of programming proposes to all of us.

Throughout our human history we endeavored to understand each other, even going so far as to develop complex codes of communication in verbal, non-verbal and written form.

Despite all our effort we still mis-communicate every single day. And to be honest, there is a beauty in that.

Although I don’t care for the arguments I cause when I don’t understand Elizabeth I do value the forgiveness she gives me and the grace we explore together as we try again and again to grow closer as companions for life.

Introduce a computer into that equation and I think something vital is sapped from our relationship as husband and wife.

Or, what if the computer does end up understanding my wife better than me? Who will she want to spend time with more? Barring my stunningly good looks, the computer will win out every time.

I am usually not one to react negatively to technology. I love Facebook and think it is a great way for humans to connect all over the globe (I mean, there are people from America, Hungary, Mexico, South Africa, New Zealand and other places reading this blog right now). I even Tweet and think it is worthwhile conversation.

But this human-computer-intuitive-relationship stuff got my guard up.

What happens to the “ubuntu” spirit (A person is a person through other persons) when a computer can communicate to the core of a person’s thoughts faster and more efficiently than a human can.
Does the proverb change from “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” (a person is a person through other persons) to “umuntu ngumuntu ngakhomputha”?

I sincerely hope not.

What do you think?

When, not if, this technology comes around do you think we will just turn-off from each other and plug in to a computer?

How do you feel?

Will our need for community be met in a computer interface rather than an interpersonal relationship?

Let me know.


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Dream for Three Report

A lot of you followed the Dream for Three initiative over the last several months. To all of you who donated, supported me at the races or gave a prayer for the cause – THANK YOU!

The Dream for Three initiative came to a close last Sunday as I finished the 25th running of the Los Angeles Marathon.

The Dream for Three process was challenging, fun and wonderful to be a part of. I grew as an athlete and was touched by the outpouring of generosity by friends and family even amidst a trying economic time. As much as Dream for Three was my cause, it was all of your as well.

Back in August I started training for a marathon, hoping to run the Soweto Marathon in Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon our return to America I set my sights on the P.F. Chang’s Rock N’ Roll Marathon and the LA Marathon. In between I thought I would have some fun and run a third in the span of 63 days. Inspired by Ryan Hall I joined Team World Vision and wanted to fund-raise for World Vision’s clean water projects in sub-Saharan Africa. At one of these marathons I was hoping to run a personal best marathon time of 3:3o or lower. Getting clever I came up with “Dream for Three” hoping to raise $3,333.33 for World Vision, run three marathons in three consecutive months (January, February, March) and run the three marathons in a time of 3:33:33 or better.

At the end of the road, here is Dream for Three by the numbers:

Three marathons – P.F. Chang’s Rock N’ Roll Arizona Marathon (January 17), Lost Dutchman Marathon (February 14) and LA Marathon (March 21)

63 days from marathon number one (P.F. Chang’s) to marathon number three (LA Marathon).

We raised $1,o12.99 (30% of the goal)

Over 30 people donated, came out in support or prayed specifically for this cause.

I ran the three marathons in the following times:

3:20:15 – P.F. Chang’s

3:18:40 – Lost Dutchman

3:10:01 – Los Angeles (qualifying for Boston 2011 by 58 seconds…drama!)

Since August I logged 133 days of training…

…and ran 1,104.3 miles (averaging  8.3 miles per day)

My longest training run was 22 miles long on December 28, 2010.

My shortest, and fastest, training run was 3.1 miles long in 17:08 (Phoenix Zoo 5k on February 27, 2010).

I set new PR (personal records) in the following distances:

5k – 17:08 (February 27, 2010)

10k – 43:36 (March 21, 2010)

Half-marathon – 1:33:45 (March 21, 2010)

Marathon – 3:10:01 (March 21, 2010)

A lot of people have asked me, “What are you going to do now?”
Well, in the short-term I am running the Cave Creek Trail Run 10k on Saturday April 3. After that I am running the Whiskey Row Marathon on May 1. Then, I hope to take a significant amount of time “off” from running until I ramp up for the San Francisco Marathon on July 25 (God-willing).

From there, it depends on where Elizabeth and I are at and what we are doing. The plan for now is to run Boston next April 18 (go sub 3:00 maybe?) and maybe focus on half-marathons before that (going sub 1:30 for sure). I’ve also been tossing around the idea of going ultra (longer than 26.2 miles). We shall see.

For now I enjoyed the Dream for Three process and am so glad that so many of you helped along the way. Thank you specifically to Andrea Wittig, our LA Marathon Team World Vision team leader and Andy Baldwin, aka the Bachelor and the Team World Vision celebrity at LA.

If you would still like to donate you can keep the dream alive here.

Running for Team World Vision in Los Angeles

Shalom to all of you.

Until the next marathon…and the next cause!

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Today…Such a Wonderful Day

Today has been a wonderful day…and I am sure that is going to continue.

Sometimes I wonder if y’all care about my day, but then I think, “Who cares? If people read it, they read it, if they don’t they don’t. The idea of Ubuntu is to share my person with other persons, so sharing about my day helps accomplish that.”

Plus, I know I read about some of your days and that I read about other people’s days (complete strangers even) all the time on blogs.

That may be weird, it may be self-focused, but hey, I like it.

I digress.

What was I saying?

Oh yeah…

Today has been a wonderful day…and I am sure that is going to continue.

I woke up today after a long, but exciting Monday filled with a spring-training game, a PetSmart trip, a Borders trip (new book…yes!) and a surprise dinner at the Cheese Fact with our good friends Pat and Jennifer (Pat got a new job, sweet as!).

So, this morning was all Elizabeth and me.

I woke up around 7am and enjoyed a little devote time before getting my inner cook all revved up with a little combo-recipe-dark-chocolate-chip-pancake-cooking. They were D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S if I do say so myself, topped with some organic plain yoghurt, almond butter and Xagave in place of syrup. Not only did they hit the spot, they nailed it.

After breakfast and a little bit of reading from Love and War (our current marriage help book) I continued rocking the house-husband role like Bon Jovi in his prime. I cooked, I cleaned, I packed lunch and I kissed my wife as she walked out the door. Maybe I enjoy being house-husband way too much 🙂

Following the house-husbandry I peaced out to my mother-in-law/boss’s place for a 10am meeting. On the way the clouds were lenticular and looming and I rocked out to some Crowder worship – dancing and jiving my way down the highway singing, “His is a story that saves with a majestic feel, building at a steady pace!” WOW! What a time. To be sure, there were some stares and I exceeded the speed limit (“Uh…sorry officer, I was worshiping Jesus…”).

The meeting went well, we got a lot of planning done and even got to chit-chat about Meyers-Briggs personalities (how fun is that???). Of course, any meeting where a mother and son-in-law come out still congenial is a good meeting, so this one has to be classified as awesome since it was simultaneously cordial and productive.

Saying goodbye to the rents-in-law I headed down the road again in search of solitude, silence and speed training on the Lost Goldmine Trail. I ran for 6 miles on technical single track enjoying almost solitude. At the three mile turn around I stopped for a moment to enjoy the ever graying scenery and take a sip of H2O. I closed my eyes and practiced expanding my hearing – what I heard of Creation was awe inspiring. The sound of the ever growing wind pounding into the mountains before me sounded like the ocean waves crashing against the shore in never ending rhythm, the birds chattered and chirped communicating the coming storm and possibly calling out to their spring-time mates, the trickle of the brook spoke softly to the inner calmness welling inside of me as I enjoyed a few moments lost in the handiwork of God. It was immense. It was incalculable. It was a few moments of incredible bliss.

I needed that.

The return three miles were harrowing. The wind brought the chill down to 30-40 degree weather and the rain pelted me so hard it hurt. My nose was runny and my left quad started to scream along the trail. My legs dragged across rocks and I felt like suffering was my middle name. And I loved it. I pushed harder through the torrent, and ended up running those three miles faster than the first three with the wind at my back.

What is it about adversity that makes us stronger?

On the way home from the trailhead I stopped at Mountain View to drop off a few things and pick up some others.

I went and fetched my wife at work and we shopped at Fry’s for food stuffs. We made some excellent purchases for this week’s food including some more Silk, some tofu and veggies for tonight’s stir-fry (knock your socks off, the stuff was great), pizza and salad ingredients for later on in the week, mushrooms and olives for our risotto, some fruits (pineapple, strawberries and bananas), some acai for smoothie time, almonds for protein and snacking, plus some ice cream because we deserve it : p

We came home to play a little bit with our dog, get cooking, respond to e-mails, eat dinner together and go off to our night time work and activities.
Currently I miss my wife. She is off leading handbells and I am blogging. However, I look forward to watching LOST (the Final Season!!!) tonight while munching on our roasted pineapple and vanilla ice cream dessert. Yum!

Then we will get ready for sleeping, stretch together and fall into bed intending to be asleep by 10pm, but probably talking too much in the dark that we will not be asleep until 11pm. I love that about Elizabeth and me.

I love a lot of things about Elizabeth and me. I love a lot of things about my life. I am so blessed. I pray I can be a blessing to others with what God gives me. I pray that I can pass on the peace I feel that surpasses all understanding. I hope I can infect others with the joy that sets my heart and body dancing in the car on the US 60. I hope that my prayer that began the day my come true.

I prayed, “LORD Jesus Christ, may your peace be my peace, may your hope be my hope, may your love be my love and above all, may my faith be your faith. Amen.”

Today was, and is, really and truly a wonderful day.
Thank you XR.

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